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Old 08-07-2008   #1
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Default Looking forward to our game against Houston North

On Saturday we open the preseason against the Denver Texans, our Houston North sister team if you will.

Who else is looking forward to this? I certainly am always excited about helping our feeder team improve!!!
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Pre-season opener, night game, our first look at the team in real action...what's not to be excited about?

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Pre-season opener, night game, our first look at the team in real action...what's not to be excited about?

Ya know! Lets Go Steel Blue!
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Some might suggest that Denver lost its way without Kubiak.

That Kubiak was a humanizing influence that was a buffer between Shanihan and the players.

That over the last couple of years, Denver has lost some of its offensive identity with front office chaos and less of an emphasis on good character.
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Can't wait. Just. Can't. Wait.
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Some might suggest that Denver lost its way without Kubiak.

That Kubiak was a humanizing influence that was a buffer between Shanihan and the players.

That over the last couple of years, Denver has lost some of its offensive identity with front office chaos and less of an emphasis on good character.
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Some might suggest that Denver lost its way without Kubiak.

That Kubiak was a humanizing influence that was a buffer between Shanihan and the players.

That over the last couple of years, Denver has lost some of its offensive identity with front office chaos and less of an emphasis on good character.
I think that with Gary Kubiak and Alex Gibbs down here that we're more "Golden Age" Denver than they are now. We have what I consider to be arguably the two most important pieces of their coaching staff from their best era.
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The first preseason home game is always the best. Wonder if we will keep the pedal to the metal or if Kubiak will choke it back and take it easy on the Broncs.
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The first preseason home game is always the best. Wonder if we will keep the pedal to the metal or if Kubiak will choke it back and take it easy on the Broncs.
This is all about implementing the system and testing out the players. The 1st stringers will only be in for two series.
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This is all about implementing the system and testing out the players. The 1st stringers will only be in for two series.
except Duane Brown who should be in there for 3 or 4 series depending on how long the drives are.

Heck I do not even see some of the backups like Sage playing very much either, since they have been the system for a while.
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I think that with Gary Kubiak and Alex Gibbs down here that we're more "Golden Age" Denver than they are now. We have what I consider to be arguably the two most important pieces of their coaching staff from their best era.
Agree, not to mention a great GM that came from there too. I know he wasn't there back in the day, but I put Rick's "awesomeness" right up there with the two of them as well.
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I bet Shanny wants the Off. to tear the Denver def up just so he has some braggin rights over his dad.
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texans chick, once again, brilliant. brilliant.
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except Duane Brown who should be in there for 3 or 4 series depending on how long the drives are.

Heck I do not even see some of the backups like Sage playing very much either, since they have been the system for a while.
I would like to see some of Shane Boyd and see if he'll earn his way onto the roster. I would guess Brink goes to the PS, and I seem to recall Boyd playing OK against us last preseason when he was with Arizona.
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I would like to see some of Shane Boyd and see if he'll earn his way onto the roster. I would guess Brink goes to the PS, and I seem to recall Boyd playing OK against us last preseason when he was with Arizona.
In the highlights of day 3 of training camp Kubiak stated that Matt will start for around 15 plays, then Sage will play through the second quarter and possibly into the third, then it's all Boyd from there on out. He said he was holding Brink until next week so they could get a good look at Boyd.
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Some might suggest that Denver lost its way without Kubiak.
That Kubiak was a humanizing influence that was a buffer between Shanihan and the players.
That over the last couple of years, Denver has lost some of its offensive identity with front office chaos and less of an emphasis on good character.
I lived in Colorado and Denver for 35 years, and moved to Houston the same year Kubiak came to Houston, so it was pretty easy for me to adopt the Texans. It was never all that clear in Denver how much influence Kubiak had in the running of the team, or if he was just basically a Shanahan extension. Looking at the results and actions of both teams over the last couple of years, I'd say Kubiak had a much bigger influence, to the good, in Denver than I thought. Denver has definately been chaotic and churning, while the Texans have become tight, disciplined, and moving on a well defined plan. I'm willing to give Kubes much more credit for the success of those Denver teams now.
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I lived in Colorado and Denver for 35 years, and moved to Houston the same year Kubiak came to Houston, so it was pretty easy for me to adopt the Texans. It was never all that clear in Denver how much influence Kubiak had in the running of the team, or if he was just basically a Shanahan extension. Looking at the results and actions of both teams over the last couple of years, I'd say Kubiak had a much bigger influence, to the good, in Denver than I thought. Denver has definately been chaotic and churning, while the Texans have become tight, disciplined, and moving on a well defined plan. I'm willing to give Kubes much more credit for the success of those Denver teams now.
I wonder what Broncos fans think now? I'd be curious to see if they're thinking along the same lines as you are with how much Kubiak had to do with the Broncos success.

I tried finding old articles via Google News about Kubiak with the Broncos. There are plenty, but you have to pay to see the archived articles from the Rocky Mountain News.

Here is one article about Kubiak turning down the University of Colorado job in 1999. I had no idea he had an offer to become a college head coach. He also interviewed for the Cleveland Browns position then too

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we are extremely lucky that he never took or didn't get a head coaching job anywhere before we had a chance to flush out the growing pains. especially here. i know he wanted this job very bad when we first came into the league. i feel like we as an organization weren't ready and he wasn't either. this was as perfect as it could have been. sitting through the painful first regime was absolutely worth it!
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Kubiak interviewed for the Saints job in 1999 as well.

I found this old archived article from SI.com about some candidates that were considered from the HC job before Capers got it. Thought it was interesting. Do any of you remember who (if?) anyone else was up for the job besides the mentioned candidates?

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Kubiak, a Houston native, said last year when he was interviewing for the New Orleans Saints' head coaching job that working near his hometown was enticing.

This year, Kubiak is one of 15 candidates the expansion Houston Texans are considering for their top job.

Others being considered include three college head coaches: Butch Davis of Miami, Walt Harris of Pittsburgh and Tyrone Willingham of Stanford. From the NFL, Pittsburgh head coach Bill Cowher, Jacksonville defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Arizona interim head coach Dave McGinnis also are being considered.
Everyone on that list aside from Kubiak and Cowher would have been bad choices (except for Capers who was a bad choice). I wonder if Cowher even had any interest in the Texans job?
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This was interesting:

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